Best dumbbell exercises for your core

There are a lot of things in your wellness routine that are super critical. Drinking a lot of water, for starters. Taking time to work on your mobility, stretches included. And of course: Your core.  The core is a group of muscles that help us resist motions that might put us in danger. The stronger and more stable your core is, the safer your  low back, shoulders, and hips will feel.

Renegade Row with a Push-Up

Start in a high plank position with your hands on two dumbbells, shoulders over wrists. Lower down into a push-up, keeping elbows close to the body. Press back to start. Then, engaging your core, row the right hand up toward the torso with control. Slowly lower the hand back to the ground; repeat with the left hand. Return to start for one rep. Reps: 10

Side Plank with Hip Abduction

Lie down and roll to your right side. Stack your right elbow under your right shoulder and stack your heels, hips, shoulders in one straight line and press your grounded elbow into the ground to lift your hips up. On the inhale, lift your left leg up four inches, hold for 30 seconds. Lower back to start. Repeat on opposite side. Reps: 10

Overhead lunge

Start standing with your feet together, dumbbells or kettlebells racked at shoulder height, palms facing in. Engage the core, press dumbbells overhead. Take a large step forward with your right foot, bending both knees to 90 degrees as you descend forward, and keeping the weights above your head. Keeping your balance, press through the right heel to return to start. Repeat on the left side. Reps: 14

Bear plank con shoulder tap

Iniziare Start in a tabletop position. Engage your core and lift your knees to hover one inch above the ground. Keeping your hips level, tap your right hand to your left shoulder. Slowly lower back to start. Repeat on the opposite side for one rep. Continue, alternating sides. Reps:14 alternating

Kettlebell Swing

With the kettlebell (or dumbbells) on the floor in front of you and legs in a wide stance, grab the bell by the handle with both hands. Hinge at the hips, bringing the kettlebell back and between your legs. Keeping your core engaged, forcefully propel the kettlebell forward by thrusting your hips forward and contracting your glutes. The kettlebell should swing to chest height before you let gravity take over, bringing it back between your legs for one rep. Proceed onto the next rep in one continuous motion. Reps: 10


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